The magic
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
cortneyandjon in family, travel

We made today Magic Kingdom day. A quick bus trip from our resort and we were soon entering the front gates the park built on nostalgia. I have loving memories of Epcot from my own childhood visit, but fewer memories of Magic Kingdom, and walking into the iconic park was actually more breath taking than I had imagined, or that may have had something to do with the street parade and party that we ran into on Main Street just minutes after our arrival. Calvin loved the music and dancing. We also took in the sights of Tomorrowland, from the Astro Orbiter to the People Mover and the Carousel of Progress. All enjoyable.

Lunch with Pooh and friends was a real treat. Great food on a buffet, and because our park reservation had been flagged, they knew we were celebrating my birthday so they decorated our table with confetti and brought me a birthday card signed by Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore.

Then Splash Mountain (Calvin's first thrill ride) in Frontierland, and in Adventureland a jungle cruise and Aladin's Magic Carpet Ride, complete with Camels—watch out, they spit, which I think was Calvin's favorite part.

Fantasyland is a mess of construction right now, but Calvin did get to try his hand at the Sword in the Stone (great since he's been on a King Arthur kick lately), and we rode Pooh's honey pot ride and the mad hatter's tea cups.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie was a high point in Calvin's day, somewhat strange since he doesn't know them as characters all that well, but he was thrilled with them anyhow, and the actors did a great job with him. Adorable, really.

Then, exhausted and foot sore, we picked up Chicago Dogs and staked out a spot on the Main Street bridge to view the fireworks over the castle in a show that really was quite magical and well worth the wait.

Tomorrow, Epcot one last time.

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